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Hesitating, hard starts, consumes alot of fuel

Ran out of gas a while ago now it starts hard, consumes mass amounts of fuel..10-12mpg in cold weather (vermont -10), has small brown balls in coolant, 191,000 miles auto, has gas smell when filled up, gas gauge does not work. basically the hesitating, fuel consumption and hard starting is concerning, thanks

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Blown head gaskets would explain all of your issues
sorry to be the bearer of bad news but 191,000 miles is a good run if you had it since new

Posted on Dec 27, 2013

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SOURCE: 2001 subaru legacy leaking coolant from head gasket......

Your mechanic is ok with saying that...however you should replace both head gaskets. This can get costly if you take it to have it done somewhere, but if you use a manual from your local library or buy one from your local auto parts store, its a much more cost effective way of fixing it. You are ok to drive it, be sure to check your fluid before you do. I would look into getting these changed within the next few weeks.

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SOURCE: '93 Subaru Impreza starting hesitance

TRY THE COOLANT TEMP SENSOR THAT ACTS AS A CHOCK .TELLING THE COMPUTER TO RICHEN OR LEAN THE FUEL BASED ON COOLANT TEMP

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 1993 Subaru Impreza

THe engine will not fire until the ECU detects the engine is turning over at the correct speed. If it is lower then the ignition will not come into play and hence no starting. Get the output of the alternator checked but first make sure your belt on the alternator is tight enough. It should have about half an inch play either way. Anymore than this and the belt can slip and the alternator will not work properly and over time your battery will go flat. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: gas smell when heat is on in very cold weather

Your mixer door on your heater isn't closing the outside air flow properly. Although, there is probably a leak test that should be done on the fuel.

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SOURCE: Smell gas on drivers drivers side of Subaru

you need to google this issue, and do a search for subaru gas odor on youtube. it is a common subaru under hood fuel line problem and there is a simple fix. you need the pictures however to understand the issue and the repair. there are more than a few sites out there with pictures.

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